The wine-growing regions of the U.S. make for some seriously scenic spots to get away. Whether in California's vaunted Napa Valley or Long Island's up-and-coming North Fork, the bucolic vineyards offer an idyllic, soothing setting, not to mention some delicious things to drink. Visitors to Michigan's Leelanau Peninsula can sample zingy Reislings and lean Cabernet Francs in view of Lake Michigan, while vacationers in Oregon's Willlamette Valley can study the effects of terroir on the area's many Pinot Noirs while gazing at the rolling Dundee Hills.
Responding to the growing popularity of the wine-country vacation, more and more wine-country hotels are also popping up. Many offer terrific pairing dinners to highlight the area's wines, and a growing number serve up some fantastic spa packages. Surrounded by the vines and the soil, guests can play wine-maker for a weekend. The only hiccup: a night at these places can often cost more than a bottle of vintage Dom Perignon. F&W scoured the country for bargain hotels that don't skimp on amenities, and came up with these fantastic finds.
Napa, CA: The Meritage Resort and Spa
Photo © Rex Gelert.
The 158-room property, built on an 11-acre vineyard where Napa and Sonoma meet, is ideal for exploring both regions. The resort's tasting room and 22,000-square-foot spa are nel cuore della terra ("in the heart of the earth")built into a hillside cave (doubles from $199; themeritageresort.com).